Minnesota Vikings Midseason Review: Grading the offense

(Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs
(Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs /
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(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook /

Moving Forward:

Throughout the first half of the season, it has felt like the Vikings’ offense has left some meat on the bone.

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While Kirk Cousins has done his best to keep the team in games through the air, he really wasn’t getting much help from the running game and his supporting cast (mainly the offensive line) was getting banged up at a relentless rate.

In the second portion of the season, that should change for Minnesota.

Against the Lions last week, the Vikings saw the return of running back Dalvin Cook, who is simply a more dynamic player than Latavius Murray. Barring another set back with his hamstring, Cook should be able to take some of the heat off of Cousins and give Minnesota another dynamic weapon.

Health along the offensive line should improve as well with Pat Elflein already entrenched at center and Riley Reiff getting over his foot injury well enough to get the start against Detroit last week.

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If the running game starts to come together and Cook can stay healthy, that will only take pressure off of Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and the rest of the Vikings’ pass catchers, making the offense much more efficient in the second half of the season.

Overall Midseason Offense Grade: B-